I first heard about genetically modified food in 1996. I was part of a very dynamic group of young people who wanted to bring the light of science into politics and promote positive social and political change. My first exposure to the topic took place at a Xerox machine where a lawyer and a young mother were deeply absorbed in photocopying pictures of tomatoes inserted with fish genes. As a long-time vegetarian, I was appalled. Considering the health and ethical implications, the ramifications for our food supply were enormous.
That was 20 years ago.
Massive efforts to ensure mandatory labeling in the U.S. are a step in the right direction, but I still wonder why we have not convinced the scientific community to refrain from using our food supply as an unprecedented scientific experiment with unpredictable outcomes for the planet and the coming generation. All harmful elements which pollute our food supply should ideally be banned. At a time when we are struggling with the powerful onset of global warming and climate change, the environmental pundits are quite worried that it is too late. Why wasn’t the platform of non-GMO and the necessity of 100% organic heard clearly enough 20 years ago? And even today, why hasn’t the world and the entire natural products industry stepped forward to support these important parameters for food purity and safety?
Food after all is a necessity. The human race as well as the animal and plant kingdoms cannot survive without pure food and water. As the developed countries struggle with weight loss, diabetes and other health disorders associated with overconsumption and the empty calories and added sugar in junk food, the developing world is still battling famine, water shortages, and the effects of terrorism and war as basic elements for survival.
What is the solution?
Modern physics defines entropy as the quantitative measure of disorder in a system. Some physicists emphasize that nature has a tendency to go from order to disorder and that disorder has a greater probability than order. The greater the multiplicity, the greater the opportunity for disorder. This is not a very encouraging concept but perhaps a viable explanation for the extreme multiplicity and the diverse almost uncontrollable tendencies and messes in today’s world.
Conversely, theories of coherence in quantum physics say it is possible to promote quantum coherence in a physical system and increase the orderliness of any system by increasing the orderliness in a small number of elements in proportion to the overall components of the entire system. This concept is very encouraging because it suggests that even a small portion of the population can produce increased orderliness in society, fostering positive social, economic, and environmental change. Anthropologist Margaret Mead supported this concept saying, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” From this perspective the founders and pioneers of organics and those leading educational initiatives in these areas deserve great credit for forging the way to protect the purity of our food supply and its basis in a healthy ecology and environment. Sustainability is not a new concept for those concerned about protecting food purity and the environment.
So where do we go from here?
One of today’s most innovative concepts has been verified widely by scientific research and has to do with human development, the unfoldment of full human potential and total brain functioning. Emphasizing down-to-earth health benefits including reduced cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, there is a wealth of research on the benefits of meditation not only for personal development and good health but as an effective tool for social change. By reducing entropy or disorder in the whole population (i.e., city, community, nation and the world), it is possible to increase coherence in collective consciousness with spectacular outcomes. This includes almost unexplainable and amazing reductions in crime, pollution, accidents and traffic fatalities, as well as reduced international conflict and war deaths in war torn countries. Research findings have also verified improvements in the economy.
If we can address entropy or disorder in the social order, on the level of individual and collective mind which reflects the individual and collective consciousness of the nation and our world, why not give it a try!
Supporting industry-wide efforts to provide a better and better quality of food, supplements and related products can only be enhanced by improvements in the quality of the collective atmosphere achieved by neutralizing collective stress. Doing so may pave the way for greater collective receptivity necessary to move forward to frictionlessly implement those changes which are needed to create a truly ideal and sustainable world. The world we want will be free from social and environmental disarray. The disorder we see, as planet earth moves in the direction of environmental degradation and pollution of the world’s atmosphere, bio-systems and food supply, must be addressed now to protect life on earth for future generations.
Well begun is half done. The organic and natural products industry founders and leaders are some of the most innovative and creative people in today’s world. Why not supplement and strengthen the progress already achieved by adopting something new? By adding a second element and adopting programs to increase coherence in collective consciousness as a viable program for important social and environmental protection and change, together we can create a better world!
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Simi Summer, Ph.D. is an organic advocate, independent researcher, educator, and free lance writer. She is a strong proponent of organic consumer education and informed consumer choices.
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Posted on WholeFoods Magazine Online, 8/3/2016